Love is... a Mixed Tape 2.0

I'm bringing back a post from my early blogging days, *last published April, 6, 2008*

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Hubby is romantic, in his own way.

When we met in college, he had a unique-ness about him.

He was kind of a sloppy eater in the dining commons. He liked to tease my friends who I bunked with in the dorms.

And, it was cute how he assumed since my hometown was near his, I would be more than happy to have him accompany me in a ride home. It was my duty, after all, as a cute stranger.

One night when we were going to go out to dinner I remember coming back from a class to find a post-it on my door.

"There are some pretty good lookin' steaks bbq-ing on the grills outside the D.C., can we postpone our date and head down there tonight?"

I didn't mind, he was very sweet and his relaxed demeanor grew on me. Cute too, but I'm not gonna get all mushy. I wanna make sure you can hold on to your lunch!

It may be that this next tidbit about him is the VERY reason he and I got together...the reason we fell in love and are together still, after 17 years (12.5 married).

2 words. MIXED TAPE.

I don't believe I was ever given a mixed tape before. It must have taken a lot of thought (or not) to get every song on there just right.

I wonder if the words to the songs swayed him in any way. Hubby likes music for it's instrumental 'coolness' rather than the words. He always says the words often ruin the song....so back then I was probably looking too much into the choices he made.

But, maybe he actually channelled his inner romantic. That's what I like to think.

The tapes were much more romantic than the gas cap he gave me for my 19th birthday.

My VW Rabbit convertible was very impressed, I on the other hand, thought it was a bad joke and that he really didn't like me at all!

The one tape that I remember most was labeled JSICUWYIM. An acronym for "Just Something I Cooked Up With You In Mind."

I'll give you a minute to grab a tissue.

Songs we remember on it were..

D'yer Mak'er-Led Zepplin
Rocky Mountain Way-Joe Walsh
What It Takes-Aerosmith
Show Me the Way-Peter Frampton
All Right Now-Free
Nothing Else Matters-Metallica
I Want You to Want Me-Cheap Trick

Metallica-pure romance baby!

Although he never did the Say Anything routine outside my bedroom window, blasting Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" on his boom box, I still fell for him.

He was original.

Still is!

Tuesday's Tribute
A Jay and Deb Production.


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  1. Blog Stalker said...

    gotta love the mixed tape!

    funny I just mentioned that in my last post. there is always a song for all occassions and each situation

    have a great day!

  2. jill jill bo bill said...

    I did my tribute to my husband today, too! Your's was sooo much nicer. Then again, your hubby probably isn't puking.

  3. April said...

    OHHHHHHHH....I love your story! I would have so fallen for the JSICUWYIM mixed tape....how romantic!

  4. Average Girl In Average World said...

    Awww.....give me some tissues...

  5. CaJoh said...

    I was wondering if you were familiar with the movie, but you quoted it in the end.

    My wife and I are 16 years apart so our musical tastes span many years. I am filling her in on those years when she was raising her kids and not listening to the radio, and she fills me in on those years when her kids listened to the radio and I didn't.

    Great tribute!

  6. Deb said...

    That is sweet!!! I loved "In Your Eyes"!

  7. Tenakim said...

    a little teary eyed, here! He sounds about as romantic as mine! I guess they mean well in their own way, right?

  8. Haasiegirl said...

    that is so romantic!!

    mine dances. It works for me.

    trisha

  9. sandi said...

    Isn't it funny looking back and thinking, or knowing what did it for you. Who would have thought that mixed tape would seal the deal for you. For me, it was a piece string that tied down my trunk. I was smitten.

  10. Weaselmomma said...

    Awwwww, thank God you fell for it or he may have been a very lonely bachelor! Very sweet in that geeky boy kinda way. I have one of those too.

  11. ♥spoiled mommy♥ said...

    Awwww-this was sweet.
    Just for him to even think of making it is what I think is just simply adorable. :)

  12. Semi-Slacker Mom said...

    I so remember mixed tapes. The most romantic thing a guy (or rather any I've dated or married!) can do.

  13. Semi-Slacker Mom said...

    jen- your pictures aren't showing up like the used to. Is that right?

  14. April said...

    Nothing says I love you better than a little Metallica. And a gas cap, how sweet!

  15. Rachel said...

    What a great hubby! Cool story.

  16. Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

    Aww....that is sweet...I'm always impressed when a man takes TIME to do something like that...He's a keeper...

  17. Krystyn said...

    Oh, what a heart-skipper! Love it. Yep, he's a keeper.

    And, I love that your "early blogger days" were only 8 months ago!!

  18. Lindsay said...

    awww what a sweetie.. :-) its all about the mix tapes :-)

  19. Jen said...

    I love it! How sweet! I was so lucky to meet my man at a very young age- he's done a few cute things like that and I fell for them, too!! 20 years later and he's still a keeper!! Thanks for stopping by Creative and Curious Kids! I am jealous of your weather, although building the snow princess was fun. I changed the rules for people who don't have snow. They can make a snowperson craft to enter my contest!! Have a great day in that Awesome 70 degrees weather!
    Jen
    http://raisingcreativeandcuriouskids.blogspot.com

  20. the RaMbLeR said...

    Awww...that's so sweet!

    As wonderful as my hubby is (and he really is), romantic he is NOT! lol

    That's ok, I love him anyway!

  21. Annie said...

    Your tribute whoops my tributes butt! How sweet!

  22. Brittany said...

    Oh man, that is a kick ass mix tape!!!!

    Serisouly, now Free is stuck in my head!

  23. Halftime Lessons said...

    Hilarious...

    No wonder I had no game with the ladies in college...couldnt afford the blank tapes.

    Great tale, Jen...loved it!

    Jay

  24. Elaine said...

    Aww, loved it. Also loved the bachelor post.. Way to go.

  25. Happy Campers said...

    Oh, the mixed tape. Do kids do that anymore with CDs? I just recently got rid of a 20 year old mix tape that was from a highschool freshman boyfriend! SO funny....

  26. tara @ kidz said...

    You had me at "Show Me the Way." Does it get any better than that?

  27. Cheryl Lage said...

    Awwwwww! Super sweet! (Although it does bring back memories of a pre-husband fella for me.... ;) Glad I picked the one I did!)

    Have a great night!
    (Why don't you pull out the tape and light a few candles? ;) )

  28. Ali said...

    A boyfriend made me a mix tape with 'In Your Eyes' on it. Still have the tape, but not the boyfriend:)

  29. Jenni Jiggety said...

    Oh I miss the mixed tape days!!! What do kids do these days? Make a playlist for someone to download? Lame!

  30. Deb said...

    this is ADORABLE! while i may not be swept away, my husband is packing his suitcase right now, headed in your husband's direction... ready to propose!

  31. Heidi said...

    I totally get it. I just think that I would rather have an amazing husband that loves me and our children over having a guy who can smooth talk me & buy the best gifts. I love when they feel comfortable enough to just be themselves... even if it urks me sometimes.

  32. SweetPeaSurry said...

    Oh freakin heck yeah!!! I love mixed muzak!!! Specially in elevators. I'm weird like that. Who needs an I POD right?

    Oh and ...

    You're so awesome you got an award from me ... don't hate me because i loff ya!!!

  33. Sarah said...

    "A mixed tape...he made me a mixed tape...he was thinking of me...which shows he CAAAAARES!" (Mixed tape - Avenue Q soundtrack)

    How sweet!! It's funny how it's the little things that draw us in...and hook us before we can escape ;) Seriously...very sweet. And I am of the belief that Metallica is VERY romantic...It's played a part in several of my relationships (including getting pregnant with my first child after going to one of their concerts...but I digress).

    Beautiful post!!

  34. OHmommy said...

    awwww... i love mixed tapes.

  35. Julia@SometimesLucid said...

    That is sooo sweet. Mixed tapes were so hard to get right bakc in the day. I remember a friend making me one and I agonized over the lyrics thinking if that meant that he "liked me".

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